BIM Show Live: Breakfast Briefing – BIM for Beginners

Days one and two both began with early morning breakfast briefings Hosted by Arup Associates – a ‘fools guide’ to BIM, what it’s all about and what it means for the industry.

Despite the early start, both sessions were heavily subscribed with delegates fuelling up for the day ahead over coffee and pastries and a bit of BIM. Attendees were asked to think about what BIM means to their company before running through its benefits, dispelling some of the myths and detailing some of the common pitfalls.


Speakers also touched on sociology & BIM, spending some time detailing the importance of behaviour change. A key point raised here was that training is just as important as having the right software…


“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” – Bill Gates


Sociology is essential; businesses must invest in their people and treat them as a valuable business tool. A range of knowledge and skills are required within a company, as is collaboration and cooperation; talking and listening to one another is essential.


The speakers closed on asking delegates ‘what’s next?’

Start now – the first part of journey is often the hardest but companies should take it one small step at a time; small and manageable projects can work in BIM.

Think about the ‘I’ in BIM and how information travels in your firm. Who drives it, where and why?

Seek out as many events as possible and explore what’s out there – events can offer the perfect platform to engage with rest of the community. A good starting point is to check out your local BIM community.

Check what technology you need and who can provide it. Some BIM software is free and there are also a lot of resources out there (e.g. see Government’s BIM guidelines/website, FAQ sessions).

Connect – explore online communities such as Twitter and LinkedIn – ask a question and you’re very likely to get an answer.


Most importantly, delegates were advised not to be scared of BIM and to make the most of their time at BIM Show Live, challenging them to having at least one thing that confused them clarified before leaving.